Apple iPhone: The best business phone

Apple Store“So Microsoft is out there saying that the iPhone is useless and irrelevant to business or lacks business savvy,” AJ blogs for Marketcircle. “Maybe they need to be more clear and argue that the iPhone is irrelevant to the enterprise. I can buy that argument, but business in general, especially small business? I don’t and can’t buy that argument. My stance is that the iPhone is the best small business phone out there. The reason: It’s flipping easy to use!”

“iPhone has the multi-tasking Mac OS X at its core. Mac OS X already trumps Microsoft’s Desktop OS, never mind their mobile OS. You can already read MS Word documents with Mac OS X out of the box using TextEdit. As a developer, I can tell you the .doc reading capabilities are right in Cocoa. You can open PowerPoint documents in Keynote and I’m sure Apple has something up their sleeve for Excel documents,” AJ writes.

AJ writes, “The iPhone OS is plenty capable. I think it’s a matter of timing. Apple is releasing the most powerful OS a mobile device has ever seen. That in itself is a major challenge, never mind dealing with developer kits and whatnot. Let them get the basics right first.”

“We all know that there are more consumers and small business users than there are enterprise users,” AJ writes. “The iPhone has everything that a small business needs… When the time is right and the economics make sense, I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts that Apple will have a process of getting third party apps on the iPhone.”

“So again – why is the iPhone is the most important small business phone? Because more business users will use it because they want to use it, instead of being forced to use it,” AJ writes.

AJ writes, “Microsoft must be worried about Apple delivering a better OS on a device than they can on a desktop, otherwise why bother with all the FUD?”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]
When all you have is FUD, FUD is all you have. One of our favorite lines: “Mac OS X already trumps Microsoft’s Desktop OS, never mind their mobile OS.”

33 Comments

  1. Good read. Dude nailed it. My partners and I can’t wait to get the iPhones this June. We just hope there won’t be a backlog. The selling point for us was how easily it will be (at least in theory) to sync our calendar and contact data with the phones. Something that we just can’t do easily right now and it’s a pain.

  2. Yeah … there seems to be a whole lot of FUD aimed at the iPhone. What’s the battery life? Will it break if dropped on cement? What about 3rd-party apps? And it isn’t even available yet! Well, there will be three million beta testers in just a few months. We should get answers by the time Leopard springs onto the scene.

    DLMeyer – the Voice of G.L.Horton’s Stage Page Pod Cast

  3. The thing is that Microsoft and the other phone related companies have confused the actual needs of users with the feature list they offer. Just because a phone supposedly does xyz doesn’t mean people practically need it. Plus, even if they do need whatever business feature, if it doesn’t work well then it’s useless.

    The iPhone may not do spreasheets and open office documents but it doesn’t need to. If you regularly need to do that sort of thing then you’re likely going to need a bigger screen and more power and are probably going to have a laptop.

    Just because Microsoft say people need something doesn’t mean they want it. Luckily the public seem to be realising that across the board.

  4. “”So again – why is the iPhone is the most important small business phone? Because more business users will use it because they want to use it, instead of being forced to use it,” AJ writes.”

    This is where the rubber meets the road, folks. And this is why iPhone will create a whole new segment of the market where none existed before – because people who would never use a smartphone, due to complexity, incompatibility, learning curve, whatever, will not hesitate to use an iPhone. There is no learning curve. It’s about as difficult to use as iTunes, and thanks to the iPod almost everyone knows how to use that already.

  5. @ TT

    “When life goes to pot, make some… you’ve gotta make a… aw man, I’m kinda hungry. Hey, do you like Frank Zappa? I’ve got Hot Rats on my iPod, dude. Yeah… that’s pretty sweet. Aw, I totally spaced that I was talking about something! So like, when your life goes bad, you gotta just be cool, man. Or something. It’s like that one song by Phish – …birds of a feather, they’re flocking outside… ya know? I mean, wow. That’s heavy stuff. Are you gonna eat the rest of that sandwich? okay, that’s cool.”

  6. “because people who would never use a smartphone, due to complexity, incompatibility, learning curve, whatever, will not hesitate to use an iPhone.”

    This is so true, highly functional mobile devices won’t be just for “geeks” anymore. “It’s the only smartphone I would buy for mom.”

  7. i totally agree with ‘much FUD’. Let’s judge the product when it ships. Not all Apple products have been breakout sucesses in sales (Newton, Cube). iPhone may not sell as well as Apple expects. Apple has struggled with QA issues (MacBook, iMac G5) with past products so let’s judge iPhone when it’s in your hands.

    I want a phone made by Apple but for me, it all comes down to $. Not just initial $ but other monthly fees as well. I don’t need an internet browser on my phone. I barely use the camera on my existing phone.

  8. Omygosh! It can’t read office documents!
    Just about how many minutes would it take Apple to put Textedit on the iPhone? It would take longer to make the icon. ha
    Guaranteed they will make it happen in due time, but not at its launch, as it will muddy up all the cool unique features.
    What better than to have it and hype it as one of the first free upgrades.

  9. C1, what you extracted/said is true – if the iPhone is lacking in the “gotchas” the MS FUDmeisters are claiming for it. There’s more than enough time for Apple to address most of the concerns already floated – and some they hadn’t thought of. And that’s the sort of thing Apple – unlike most Windows-box assemblers or MS itself – is good at. That’s the sort of thing hundreds of thousands of Windows users per quarter have come to realize. If they mess up, though, just one little thing … BOY will we hear about it!

    DLMeyer

  10. You can already read MS Word documents with Mac OS X out of the box using TextEdit.

    Earth to fanboy – that’s a big Maybe. As long as the doc isn’t at all complex, TextEdit works. I’ve had to install Word at numerous client sites because they had to read Word docs on their Macs, and TextEdit wan’t up to the job.

    Sorry.

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